Rampaging Fulani herdsmen have allegedly attacked Sondi village in Wukari local government area of Taraba state killing twenty five people and destroying property worth millions of Naira.
The attack, which took place Sunday morning when residents were preparing to attend church service, came on the heels of a vote of confidence passed on Acting Governor Garba Umar by the state House of Assembly for, among other things, restoring peace in the state
National President of the Nigeria Association of Wapan Students (NAWAS), Tsokwa Addanti Ajidiku said the attacks took place at about 8a.m.
“The attackers were dressed in military camouflage”, he said, adding that the “lukewarm attitude of security operatives” aided the wanton killings because they had prior knowledge of the invasion but failed to take a proactive measure.
“We are not happy with the security operatives because they were aware that these attackers would invade the village today.
“The attackers wrote us and we informed them, but they couldn’t prevent the attack”.
The State Commissioner of Police, Ademola Omole, confirmed that “the attackers are Fulani men”.
He said: “About seven people were feared dead and some numbers of persons sustained various degrees of injuries.
“We are fully on ground now. I have sent troops to the area and peace has returned”.
A resident said “the state government has been behind the attacks and killings. Why is it that the attacks are targeted in southern Taraba? Why are the attacks targeted at Christians? Why are the attacks directed at Jukun and Tiv residents?”Ajidiku said the Speaker of the State House of Assembly Josiah Sabo Kente who is one of the members representing the area has not done enough to end the crisis.